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On Monday I had dinner at Vasanta Bhavan in East Ham, then headed over to choir in Leytonstone before nipping to the William IV with [personal profile] ewan for a quick pint of their brewed-on-the-premises beer. The beer wasn't bad; the best of the three we tried was the Amarilla. Posters on the walls taunted us with a not-currently-available own-brewed mild. I do like a nice mild.

On Tuesday [personal profile] mrs_leroy_brown came over for a nice cup of tea and a chat. More than one cup of tea, actually; between us we had earl grey, darjeeling, emperor's breakfast tea, and spiced chai latte. I do like a nice cup of tea.

On Wednesday I went to a wine tasting at the Yellow House, along with [personal profile] bob, [personal profile] ewan, [personal profile] montag, [personal profile] flick, [personal profile] drplokta, and [livejournal.com profile] ali_in_london. It was kind of fun, though the pacing of the wine-dispensing was a little off towards the beginning and the portioning was inconsistent. The canapes went very well with the wines though, as well as being pretty tasty in themselves. We also had dinner there afterwards, including a couple of bottles of our favourite wines from the tasting.

On the way home, [personal profile] ewan just missed catching the P12 bus, and the next one wasn't due for another 20 minutes, so he and I nipped into the Stanley Arms for a swift half. It was quite nice in there; no real ale, but the place was clean, civilised, and well-kept. It's now the closest pub to my house, given the closure of the Crown, so I expect I'll be back.

On Thursday I didn't do anything exciting. Just some work.

On Friday I met up with Richard to go to the cider festival at the Goldhawk in Shepherd's Bush. It was not very festivally, but they did have a fair few bottled ciders on.

On Saturday I did some bugfixing and stuff on the Discworld MUD, including putting some code in game that I've been working on for the past few months — a revamp of an old area that wasn't very exciting, to make it more exciting. Go play on the Discworld MUD! And visit the Temple of the Listening Monks while you're there.

On Sunday I did more bugfixing on the Discworld MUD, as part of our regular Bugfix Sunday.
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On Monday I went to Fulham to take some RGL photos. I also had a very nice vegan lunch at 222 Restaurant. Then I got the Tube all the way over to East Ham, where I had dinner at Chennai Dosa before heading on to choir in Leytonstone.

On Tuesday I went out for dinner with [livejournal.com profile] lozette, bellaphon, and MsMarmiteLover to Ganapati in Peckham. It was even better than the last time I went there.

On Wednesday I went down the Northern Line to take some more RGL photos. I went down to Tooting and had lunch at Sree Krishna, then worked my way back northwards, popping into the Jackdaw & Rook and the Nightingale on the way. Then I got a bus from Elephant and Castle over to Surrey Quays, and met [livejournal.com profile] claudacity, [personal profile] bob, [personal profile] flick, and [personal profile] drplokta at Whelan's for a drink before dinner at Royal Palace. Royal Palace is the place I went to a few weeks ago that has a Chinese-only menu; luckily, [livejournal.com profile] claudacity can read Chinese, so we managed to order a vast and delicious spread of dishes, all of which we polished off happily.

On Thursday I went to Camden for london.pm dim sum at Yum Cha. I then dragged Richard around on a mini pub crawl before getting the Tube down to London Bridge to meet [personal profile] bob and the other usual suspects for Mongolian food at the Horseshoe Inn.

On Friday and Saturday I did loads of work to make up for all the fun I had earlier in the week.

On Sunday I joined in the Discworld MUD Bugfix Sunday.
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On Monday I went to sing with the London Forest Choir. It was awesome. I hadn't sung with a choir since college and I'd forgotten how brilliant it is.

On Tuesday I went out for dinner with [personal profile] bob. Apparently we were having some kind of anniversary or something. We attempted to go to the new location of Cafe East, but they were closed due to having run out of food the night before, so instead we went to Banzi. We then pubcrawled home via a couple of local pubs; the China Hall and the Crown. The China Hall, surprisingly for the area, had two handpumps offering real ale — we didn't stay long, though, as it also had sport on the TVs. The Crown had no real ale but also no sport, and there were people singing! As we were leaving, we saw the landlord having a smoke in the beer garden, and he chatted to us for a bit. He and his partner (wife?) took the place over a couple of months ago; I'd not realised it had changed management. Will visit again soon.

On Thursday I had lunch at a Syrian restaurant in Shepherd's Bush, Abu Zaad. It was OK; I think it would have been better if I'd had company so we could have ordered more of a variety of dishes. I've heard a lot of good things about this place, so I'm happy to give it another chance.

On Friday I realised I had run out of work! So I went to Mama Pho for lunch. This is the new Vietnamese place which opened at the old location of Cafe East, which is the old Vietnamese place we tried to visit at its new location on Tuesday. I had bun bo hue (photo), and it was good. When I got home, I fixed a few terrains bugs on the Discworld MUD. Terrains are complicated.

On Saturday I tried to do some singing practice, but I didn't enjoy it much because I was worried about people hearing me and being annoyed by it.

On Sunday I spent the entire day fixing bugs on the Discworld MUD. (We were having a Bugfix Sunday event. I was logged on for 17 hours. Oops.)
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Here are some things I did last week. I don't normally lead such a decadent lifestyle; I'd given myself a week off work because I'd been working too hard and I needed one. (Links lead to my writeups and photos elsewhere.)

On Monday, I had lunch at Sedap, a new and pretty good Malaysian restaurant on Old Street. Then I wandered westwards (via a half in the Trader on Whitecross Street) to take some photos and check out some reported closures for RGL, ending up at the Queen's Head and Artichoke near Regent's Park, where I tried (and quite liked) the pork belly skewers (photo) from their tapas menu. Then I walked back along Drummond Street, buying some almond burfi at the Ambala Sweet Centre on the way, to meet some friends at the Bree Louise, where we sampled the milds they had on gravity and ate heretical pies (photo).

On Tuesday, I met a friend for lunch at Inn Noodle in Bayswater, which claims to be the UK's first pork-free Shanghainese restaurant; the dim sum were a little disappointing, though. Then I wandered around the area doing some more RGL research and photography, popping in to the Prince Bonaparte for a sit-down in the middle. Finally I got the Tube over to Hammersmith for dinner with [personal profile] bob at Tosa, a Japanese restaurant on King Street specialising in tasty grilled things on skewers. I took a lot of photos, and made a photoset of them on Flickr.

On Wednesday I went out for dinner with [livejournal.com profile] uon to Royal Palace (photo), an unassuming-looking Chinese restaurant near our house which turns out to have a secret Chinese menu with Sichuan and Northern Chinese specialities on it. I don't read Chinese, but the waitress helped me pick out a few dishes. I'll be going back next week to try a few more before I write the RGL review; I think she gave us the "safe" options, which is not a good basis for a review.

On Thursday I went to the bleak industrial wasteland of Park Royal with [livejournal.com profile] hoshuteki, and had lunch at Omnia, a small deli-cafe attached to a Middle Eastern bakery and wholesale business on a one-bus road lined with small-scale factories. Then we got the Tube back into town and had some wine and a few bar snacks at Terroirs, a surprisingly decent wine bar just off the Strand. I was very pleased with the boquerones (photo), less so with the duck scratchings (photo).

On Friday, I did my tax return!

On Saturday, I went out for dinner with [livejournal.com profile] secretlondon, [livejournal.com profile] lozette, and [livejournal.com profile] uon to Kyrgyz Kazakh House, a Central Asian restaurant concealed within a hotel on Camberwell Road. The food was OK, but it was the decor that truly amazed us (photo).

On Sunday, I rose from the dead rested.

(Let me know if this post is interesting, and I might do another one next week!)

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